The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, accused the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, which was established in March 2014 and was forced to terminate its work on April 1 this year.
“In the period of 2014-2016, when the number of victims of the military operation of the Kiev regime was the largest and numbered thousands, such statistics, as claimed, were not recorded, as a result of which they were not published in a systematic form,” said M. Zakharova, claiming that “in violation of her mandate, the leadership of the mission refused to communicate with the local authorities of the (so-called People’s Republics of) Donetsk and Lugansk, to monitor the human rights situation in the territories under its control of Kyiv, despite the numerous events of flagrant violation of the rights of the Russian-speaking population, freedom of the press, the manifestation of aggressive nationalism, anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism”.
The Russian high-ranking representative leaves the OSCE mission that although it did not finally prepare a report on the phenomena of “aggressive nationalism and neo-Nazism in Ukraine”, as Russia insisted, in its publications “neo-Nazi marches and demonstrations were called “peaceful gatherings with patriotic slogans and banners”.
“The mission’s activity was often not only non-objective, but also illegal,” M. Zakharova argued, adding that from evidence that Moscow has in its hands from its forces on Ukrainian soil, “its systematic cooperation began to be revealed mission with foreign secret services”, which is why, according to the Russian high-ranking diplomat, her collaborators on the ground have been arrested by the Russian-speaking internationally unrecognized authorities of Donetsk and Lugansk.
“It has become known that the mission’s observers and surveillance cameras provided data to the Ukrainian military to correct their targeting and reveal the movements of military vehicles, as well as the locations of the “People’s Militia” personnel of (s.s. self-proclaimed People’s Democracies) Donetsk and Lugansk,” the Russian spokeswoman said in her statement, underlining that the Russian Foreign Ministry will continue to disclose similar data, documenting “the double standards and distortions in the work of the OSCE as a whole,” which according to Moscow they require “honest and open discussion and correction.”
In another statement, Ms Zakharova referred to videos widely circulated on social media that appeared to confirm the killing of at least 10 Russian captured soldiers in the Lugansk region. The Russian spokeswoman said that Moscow demands “international organizations to condemn these flagrant crimes, to conduct a thorough investigation,” stressing that “every atrocity committed by Ukrainian armed formations will not go unpunished, all the guilty and accomplices in crimes will be identified and punished as they deserve.”
According to Ms. Zakharova, “the adherence of these formations to the neo-Nazi ideology and the implementation of its criteria in practice convincingly prove the criminal nature of the regime that exists in Ukraine”, while the “indifference” shown by “the collective West” for similar “numerous evidence of crimes” and “similar approval on the part of American and European leaders makes them complicit in what the Ukrainian neo-Nazis they support are doing.”